by Dan Senn
for solo flute
nneS naD yb
etulf olos rof
for solo flute, was composed using the Raku
Composition Program (RCP)
developed in the early 1980s by Dan while teaching at the Canberra
School of Music in Australia. The compositional data for this piece was
generated in 1985, in Urbana, Illinois, but the work was left half
unfinished. In September of 2013, I rediscovered the score data, and
decided to reinterpret the data to produce a version version for my
Czech flutist friend Lenka Kozderková.
Scribbled onto the margins of this rediscovered work was "Its Mirror, December 9, 1985, To my flutist friends." This is my first solo flute piece but other works are "Close, Then Far" (2010), and Cartwheels (2004).
| The (RCP)
generated musical compositions to traditional staff lines using
space=time notation with the work determined by a host of biases and
data entered into the software by the artist before hand. The final
task of the composer was to arrange this meta score, at the foreground
level (what you will hear tonight), that is, fixing difficulties,
sculpting, and reinterpreting the data—to breath life into the work.
But since the work is already biased in the direction of the artist's
personal taste, there is a strange sense expressive mirroring one must
confront, thus the name of the piece. It is like finishing the design
of a house that has been nicely roughed out ahead of time by your
incorporates a liberal use of the common fermata to not only designate
held notes and rests but actual rhythms in a line. In measure 117, for
example, notes of equal value are interupted by fermatas changing the
rhythm of the phrase. The best way to learn the desired rhythm is to
listen to the Sibelius generated mp3 file given below. And while the
piece may be interpreted broadly for performance, this Sibelius
generated version should be treated as an adjunct to the visual score
and especially used early on for learning the piece.
Full pdf versions of the score can be obtained from the composer.
Play score with sound via YouTube